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Gazprom Neft and Skoltech agree to establish innovative digital lab

04 June 2018 , 15:21Neftegaz.RU702

Moscow, June 4 - Neftegaz.RU. The Science and Technology Center of Gazprom Neft and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology signed a collaboration agreement at the Skolkovo Startup Village - the largest startup-conference in Russia and CIS for technology entrepreneurs.


The parties have agreed on the further development of joint research and innovation/entrepreneurship activity. In particular, as part of the agreement a new digital lab will be formed to conduct research in the field of Modeling of Multiphase Systems in the Oil & Gas Industry.


The key area of research of the new lab is the modeling of complex flows of multiphase media (oil, gas, water, solid particles) with the aim of developing the most effective technologies for field development at each stage, from conceptual planning to brownfield. This will be the 1st joint platform to run research in the area of multiphase flow modeling for Gazprom Neft with minimal use of imported IT-technologies to develop prototypes of Russian modeling software packages.


The lab for the modeling of multiphase systems will be established as part of Skoltech’s Center for Hydrocarbon Recovery. Research conducted in the framework of the new entity will be focused on the development of complex integrated models for fluid mechanics processes at each stage of field development, as well as for unconventional and hard-to-recover reserves.


The full portfolio of upstream technologies will be covered, from drilling, cementing and cleanup to multistage fracturing in near-horizontal wells, flowback, and transient production regimes.


The application of digital models helps to replace expensive physical experiments by using electronic analogues (digital twins), which enable one to effectively manage the processes of field development, cut costs, and improve the accuracy and reliability of forecasts of the impact of various factors and technologies on the oil recovery process.



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